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8,000 People Join the Team Sarcoma Initiative to Fight a Rare Cancer
Date:8/4/2008

, coordinators of the global effort, said, "We believe the phenomenal growth in the Team Sarcoma Initiative in the last few years is indicative of the pent up need for individuals and families who have been affected by this disease to interact with each other and their doctors and nurses in a setting other than the traditional hospital setting."

Groups of all sizes joined in a variety of activities during International Sarcoma Awareness Week, July 12-20. Pictures and stories have been pouring in to the Shrivers ever since.

"We hear stories of amazing resiliency in the face of adversity, of incredible courage when faced with treatments that are not stopping the growth of tumors, of people who truly inspire us with the way they carry on with their lives in spite of the aftermath of numerous surgeries and extensive treatments. These stories tug at your heart. When you hear them, you know that you must do something to make more people aware of this rare cancer and to support research to find a cure for it," the Shrivers said.

The following are highlights from just a few of this year's Team Sarcoma events.

Lori Brasic's son, Logan, is in treatment for osteosarcoma, and she organized "Soccer 'Round the Clock" in Jackson, MI. Her words capture the poignancy of the event: "Battles fought on the soccer field carried a special meaning that night. Logan remained near the sidelines from dusk till dawn without rest. From the sidelines he cheered on the players, calling out encouragement. As every player took the field during Soccer 'Round the Clock, they were humbled by a spirited young man yelling and smiling from the sidelines, balancing on his forearm crutches, the left leg of his shorts blowing empty in the breeze. Everyone there was touched and everyone learned about 'The Forgotten Cancer.'"

John Glenny lost his 16-year-old son, Ryan, to Ewing's sarcoma in December. He felt a deep need to
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